If you are planning for Black History Month, my Black History Month Unit Study will make things much easier! I’ve gathered up a variety of activities, videos, printables, and book suggestions. The combination of materials in this post is enough to put together a comprehensive Black History Month Unit Study.
When I collect resources to share, I put a special emphasis on activities that engage children who don’t learn well with endless paper and pencil activities. You will find some more traditional learning activities here, but my focus is on highly-engaging learning for active kids who learn differently. I hope you enjoy this Black History Month Unit Study!
Black History Month KWL
Start your Black History Month unit study off with a KWL. KWL stands for Know, Want to know, and Learned.
Your learner lets you know what she already knows about the topic, what she wants to know, and (at the end) what she has learned. KWLs are a great way to document your child’s learning.
You can draw your own or these KWLs are both free in my Subscriber Only Area!
If your learner prefers something with a bit more visual interest with pictures of famous black Americans, this Black History Month KWL is available in my shop.
History of Black History Month
This video from PBS Kids offers a brief overview of how Black History Month started and spread.
Black History Month Recipes
Check out these lists of delicious food that will be perfect for your learners to try during Black History Month!
17 Favorite Black History Month Recipes to Celebrate from Mom in the City
Try These African Heritage Food Swaps for Black History Month from Oldways – Inspiring Good Health Through Cultural Food Traditions
African American Soul Food Recipes from Soul Food and Southern Cooking
Black History Month Books
Learn about famous black Americans and their accomplishments throughout history.
A Kid’s Guide to African American History: More than 70 Activities1: Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World100 African-Americans Who Shaped American History1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American HistoryIf You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights MovementBlack Pioneers of Science and Invention
Hattie McDaniel Mini Biography
Hattie McDaniel, radio and movie actress and winner of first Academy Award (Oscar) by a black person
Booker T. Washington Mini Biography
Booker T. Washington was at one time the most famous and influential black person in the world. Learn what he accomplished.
Booker T. Washington dines at the White House with President Roosevelt (DISCLAIMER: MATURE LANGUAGE)
Other Mini Biographies about Famous Black Americans
- George Washington Carver
- Colin Powell
- Jackie Robinson
- Harriet Tubman
- Sojourner Truth
- Frederick Douglas
- Louis Armstrong
- W.E.B. Du Bois
Famous Black Americans Placemat
We have used these placemats on a variety of topics with Caroline. They are a great way to learn for visual learners and can start some great conversations at the dinner table.
Children’s Books about Famous Black Americans
Crispus Attucks: Black Leader of Colonial PatriotsSojourner TruthHarriet Tubman: Freedom’s TrailblazerRosa ParksMartin Luther King, Jr.: Young Man with a DreamJackie Robinson: Young Sports Trailblazer
Here is a selection of words that could work for spelling. Choose the ones that best fit your learners.
- Black History Month
- Underground Railroad
- civil rights
- African diaspora
Although no one knows exactly where Mancala originated, it is an ancient game played throughout all of Africa.
Here is a video demonstration.
Black History Month Venn Diagram
Complete a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting two people you’ve learned about during Black History Month. You can draw your own or this one is available in my subscriber only area.
- Research Negro spiritual songs and learn to sing one or play one on an instrument.
- Write a letter from an abolitionist in the north to a friend in the south, trying to convince him/her to change her views on slavery.
- Design a postage stamp to commemorate a black American you admire. (Free printable in my subscriber only area)
- Select 5-10 black Americans and create a timeline that shows how their lives overlap by marking their birth, death, and major accomplishments.
- Take a field trip to a historical museum, art museum, college, or other location that features African American themes.
- Choose a person or event from Black History Month and create an acrostic poem about him/her or the event.
Black History Month Fun Fact Cards
If you and your children want to learn about many of the presidents this month, check out my Black History Month Fun Fact Cards. This is a collection of fascinating facts that you won’t find everywhere. I guarantee you will learn some fun things along with your children while using these! Many teachers use them to make a bulletin board or door display.
Black History Month Copywork
Your learners can also enjoy practicing their handwriting with the fun facts in copywork form. The copywork is available in print, cursive, and a print/cursive bundle.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Learn more about the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The first video is a promotional video created by the museum. You can visit the museum website here.
This video is a brief tour of the museum when it opened.
Learn the History of Hambone and How to Play It
Hambone has its roots in Africa. Read more about it here and then learn to play it.
Black History Month Coloring Books and Paper Dolls
A selection of coloring pages and paper dolls that tell about famous leaders and events in black history.
Our Black Heritage Coloring BookFamous African-American Women Paper DollsAfrican American Leaders Coloring BookThe Amistad Coloring BookGreat African Americans Coloring BookFamous African-American WomenAfrican American Leaders Giant Super Jumbo Coloring BookHistory of the Civil Rights Movement Coloring BookThe Story of the Underground RailroadAfrican Designs Stained Glass Coloring Book
Black History Month Controversy
Not all black Americans support having a Black History Month. Here are two short videos that express those ideas. These can be a great catalyst for discussion.